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Sharp Top Out-and-Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great hike for many levels!


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Out and Back

3,827' 1,166 m

High

2,585' 788 m

Low

1,242' 379 m

Up

1,242' 378 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly It's short enough for kids to not get too tired, and exciting enough to keep them entertained.

Overview

This trail was a great hike for an afternoon. Parking at the trailhead is pretty easy and there are restrooms and a small store.

Description

The trail itself starts off very easy, and towards the end has several sets of rock stairs. There are plenty of places to take a break if necessary, and the views at the top of the Peaks of Otter area are amazing! There is a spur to the top of Buzzards Roost for more mileage. This is an out-and-back hike.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge

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Sarah Clark

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 11 votes

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  4.8 from 11 votes
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#26

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Overlook at the top!
Apr 28, 2018 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 17 Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 19 Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA
20110919 25 Salamander on Sharp Top Trail, Peaks of Otter, Virginia
Dec 2, 2019 near Buchanan, VA

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Check-Ins

Sep 22, 2020
Faith Elkins
I wish I could remember how long it took us to do this one. The sunrise here is gorgeous, and the summit feels like you're on top of the world.
Sep 7, 2020
Jennifer Wentz
Aug 16, 2020
Katharine Kierski
Out and back with the Buzzards Roost 3.4mi — 1h 30m
Aug 9, 2020
Circ Ise
2.9mi
Jul 23, 2020
Chris Ferrone
Jun 30, 2019
Jan Jasinski
May 19, 2019
Randy Fisher
3 miles roundtrip
Nov 8, 2018
Jorge Duke